Glossary

Live Scan

Live Scan is a technological term used in the cybersecurity and biometric industries to state that the collection and storage of fingerprints and biometric data meets a certain standard, as defined by the FBI. Ideally, biometric scanners should meet these standards to provide proper security and authentication.

Terms related to Live Scan: Biometrics, fingerprints, palm, ten print, scanner, multifactor authentication, palm vein.

Live Scan is a is a fast, reliable, easy-to-use way to scan, store, and authenticate fingerprints. Live Scan technology is used for various hardware and software applications involved with biometric identification and authentication. The requirements for Live Scan technology are defined by the FBI as part of Appendix F.

Live Scan fingerprinting has many use cases including gathering biometric information from criminals, capturing fingerprints as people cross borders or go through ports of entry, or authenticating individuals who need to access sensitive systems or data.

Live Scan works when a trained operator captures an individual’s unique fingerprints after they place a finger onto a scanning device. This information is then digitized into biometric data to provide a baseline for identity and verification. This information can be securely stored or transmitted to other systems.

This technology works well, even in adverse environmental conditions. The scanners are designed to work with various skin types, including if hands are dry, moist, or oily. Live Scan software and hardware do vary in quality, resolution, ease-of-use, software integrations, and various other factors.

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